In 2017, the Safe Crossings Foundation (SCF) Board of Directors made grants to Providence Hospice of Seattle’s Safe Crossings Program and Camp Erin®-King County, as well as to Forefront Cares and The Healing Center, to serve unmet needs in the greater Puget Sound region, all at no cost to families.
The Safe Crossings Program provides children with opportunities to process their grief. The program is staffed by master’s degree-level social workers highly experienced in supporting children and families. Funding from SCF provided continuing support for their services to families, which include a variety of approaches such as individual counseling, crisis response for schools, and weekend summer bereavement camp for kids.
The Healing Center is a Seattle-based grief support community for adults, children, and families. During 2017, they served 70 children between the ages of 3 and 18, a 40% increase in the number of children served from 2016. A grant from SCF supported the Healing Center to meet with representatives from 20 organizations across the Puget Sound area to explore how they can better advance social and racial equity within grief work.
Forefront Cares, a program developed by the University of Washington’s School of Social Work, provides emotional support for individuals and families impacted by suicide. Funding from SCF was used to provide “Care Packages” of items that can bring comfort to survivors, as well as kid-friendly books and lists of local resources. The program also offers phone support for survivors by “mentors,” including helping grieving parents learn strategies for supporting their grieving child or teen.